The Most Wonderful Time of the Year [Pre-Draft Prep]

12/22/09 in NCAAF   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

How talented is the 6'3", 243-pound Harbor? He reminds some of Texans TE Owen Daniels.  He is a hard worker in the film room and weight room and is expected to run 4.71 or better when timed at the combine or a pro day, like many good players at the position he was a fine basketball player and his vertical leap has been measured at 37." 

One scout had these things to say about Harbor:
”Very special football player.  He’s got great size. He’s added 20 pounds. He’s got vertical stretch. He can do it all. He can catch all the balls, one-handed, two-handed. He’s a willing blocker.

Harbor has been named to the Walter Camp FCS All-America Team for the 2009 college football season as selected by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Harbor was a first-team All-MVFC selection for the third straight season after collecting 59 receptions for 729 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2009.   Harbor, was named an Associated Press second-team All-American last year after leading the Bears with 40 catches for 457 yards.  He was also named to the league's Silver Anniversary Team and has been recognized by the Associated Press All-America team each of the past two years. This season, Harbor had the most receptions by a tight end in the MVFC and second-most nationally. He also led all tight ends nationally in receiving yards per game (66.3). He ended his Bears' career as the school's all-time receptions leader (150) and was third in career receiving yards (1,906). He also finished with receptions in 33 straight games to tie the MSU record and notched four 100-yard receiving games this season and six for his career. 

The things that can't be easy counted or measured are a prospects' drive, love of the game and attitude, Harbor scores well in all of those areas, the Dwight IL native, like many excelling at his level is motivated to some extent by some schools that passed on him.  Several MAC schools showed some interest but did not pursue him strongly MO. State did and he has family ties there.  During his time there he has been an in-line Y, an H-Back and has lined up in the slot, it's clear he relishes being a match up nightmare for defenses.  

This weekend I had the chance to speak to him at some length about his plans, he said:
"After the season I'm going to work as hard as I can and give it my best shot. I'll try to gain some weight and hopefully play on Sundays." 
 He is also receiving offers from post season All-Star games and is likely to be in the Texas Versus the Nation game.  I truly believe that the name Clay Harbor is one you'll be hearing for some time to come.
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